R/V Falkor (too) has several networks. The network “backbone” is 10Gbps fiber and branch cabling is copper. Custom VLANs may be configured or physical networks built, when necessary.
Satellite communication is available that covers all operational, science, personal, and outreach needs.
Generally, LAN drops can carry routable traffic or may be configured to allow for use carrying serial or other types of data. Some areas are served by 10Gbps fiber. WiFi is available inside and outside in most areas of the ship.
R/V Falkor (too) has a “Digital Matrix” system that allows most of the key science systems to be displayed and controlled from multiple locations around the ship, including the bridge. This allows for customization of the system and monitor layout in the Science Control Room, distributed use of systems to avoid congestion in high-use areas and monitoring of operations from the bridge. An auxiliary port is typically available for science-party use.